Pear takes 'Steps' into new decade

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Elizabeth (Betsy Kruse Craig, left) and her hard-drinking tycoon husband, Roland (Todd Wright, center), consider buying their rental home with help from their lawyer, Tristram (Max Tachis), in Pear Theatre’s production of “Taking Steps.” The play is slated to open this week.

Pear Theatre kicks off the decade with the farce “Taking Steps,” written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Troy Johnson. The play is slated to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Feb. 9 in Mountain View.

“Steps” is a story of six characters packed in a supposedly haunted Victorian house: Roland Crabbe, a wealthy businessman who constantly drinks; Elizabeth Crabbe, Roland’s wife, an ex-dancer who is considering a divorce; Leslie Bainbridge, the home’s builder desperate to sell due to his financial struggles; Tristram Watson, the lawyer in charge of the purchase of the house; Mark Boxer, Elizabeth’s brother; and Kitty, Mark’s fiancée.

World Affairs spotlights U.S. election interference

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Alex Stamos discusses election meddling at last week’s World Affairs meeting in Los Altos.

A leading cyber-security expert believes the United States remains vulnerable to online attacks that threaten to undermine the integrity of its elections process.

Alex Stamos, speaking at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs at the Los Altos Youth Center, added that not much is being done about it.

Los Altos Senior Program provides free tax preparation

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings Feb. 3 through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

No escaping this event's appeal: Museum's first escape room draws rave reviews

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Participants in the Los Altos History Museum’s inaugural escape room Dec. 6 pore over clues.

The Los Altos History Museum’s first escape room won’t be its last.

Los Altos History Museum exhibition curator Amy Ellison said she “could not have been more pleased” with how the Dec. 6 event went.

Simitian, county offer grants for charitable meal preparation

The Santa Clara County Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency charitable feeding pilot program is accepting grant applications through March 18. The grants are designed to alleviate some of the costs for using permitted commercial kitchens for nonprofit organizations that prepare meals. 

Grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 to organizations to pay for costs associated with renting a permitted commercial kitchen in Santa Clara County for preparing charitable meals.

LA resident steps down from Humane Society after 10 years of service


Los Altos resident Carol Novello, president of Humane Society Silicon Valley the past 10 years, recently stepped down from the position to move across the country to spend more time with family.

Kurt Krukenberg, former HSSV board chairman, succeeded Novello as president, effective Jan. 6.

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